The trifecta of colors for the Borax 2.0. PHOTO: Dynafit

The trifecta of colors for the Borax 2.0. PHOTO: Dynafit

Dynafit Borax 2.0 PRL Jacket
MSRP: $250

Say Dynafit, and chances are, you’ll think tech bindings. However, skiers packing for mountain missions should keep the German ski company on their radar for outerwear, too. One piece worth eyeing is version 2.0 of Dynafit’s Borax insulated jacket. Optimized from the original model, the Borax 2.0 is lighter weight and features an improved hood and insulation.

To keep the wearer warm, even when the snowflakes fall heavy with moisture, the Borax is stuffed with Primaloft’s Gold Series insulation. The down alternative is moisture resistant and breathable. At a total weight of 590 grams, the insulation is not bulky, so you can stuff this jacket in the bottom of your pack without taking up too much room. The Borax also features a strong Pertex Quantum shell with a DWR finish exterior, making this jacket a valuable layer on tours or in an unexpected storm. The fit is true to size. A stow pocket sits in the inner chest compartment, so you can easily pack the jacket down to the size of the football.

Of all the features on the Borax, the helmet-compatable hood is money. Whether you're ice climbing or skiing, the jacket’s mesh line running along the forehead keeps the hood securely fastened to the fit of your convenience. The hood also has a wire-framed visor that, to a degree, shields the sun from the user's eyes. The visor also helps to keep the extra hood material from obstructing the wearer's vision, an issue that most helmet-compatible hoods tends to have.

Bottom line: The Borax 2.0 is windproof and easy to pack, making it a great layer for rests and transitions on long tours.